Turkey's Emergence as a Middle Eastern Stakeholder and What this Means for the West
Turkey is a newly self-confident international actor that not only demanded global attention, but aimed to set forth a global agenda focused on the wide region, stretching from the Balkans to North Africa, where Turkey represents the new center of gravity. This dramatic arrival on the international stage has already caused waves as the perennial questions about Turkey’s “axis shift” and “Where is Turkey going?” debates are being renewed in Western capitals. But debates about Turkey’s “otherness” and “drift” rarely start with an honest admission of the West’s own inconsistencies and a recognition of its internal heterogeneity. While paying much greater attention to progress in Turkey, Western leaders should stop looking at Turkish foreign policy merely in terms of alignment or drift from an abstract standard that many Western countries themselves often do not meet.